On the lines of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), farmers will have to pay low premium for the insurance scheme
GN Bureau | August 17, 2016
The government is mulling an insurance scheme for livestock in which farmers’ share of premium would also be in the range of one to two percent per annum per animal, while the centre and the state government will bear the rest, reported Business Standard.
The scheme was discussed at a high-level meeting that was attended by officials from insurance companies, among others. The new insurance scheme would provide protection to growers in case of livestock lost due to drought, floods, cyclones or any other natural calamities, including epidemics.
“Preliminary discussions have started on having a comprehensive insurance scheme to cover losses to livestock during calamities as well on the lines of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY),” a senior official was quoted as saying.
PMFBY is an ambitious pro-farmer measure of the Narendra Modi government. The maximum premium which the farmer has to pay under the scheme is a flat 1.5 percent of sum insured for all kharif crops and two percent for rabi crops.
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The livestock population has increased substantially in Gujarat (15.36 percent), Uttar Pradesh (14.01 percent), Assam (10.77 percent), Punjab (9.57 percent), Bihar (8.56 percent), Sikkim (7.96 percent), Meghalaya (7.41 percent) and Chhattisgarh (4.34 percent).
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